New Heights For Nail Art

October 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

London has been buzzing about nail art for a while and I did not stand aside and watch it happen, regularly visiting my favourite Wah Nails salon at Topshop Oxford Circus. But now a brand established by Holly Silius and Hannah Warner called, surprise surprise, H&H are taking nail art to next level, the metal level. While the rest of the world is excited about metal looking wraps or new OPI’s The Man With The Golden Gun nail varnish that looks like liquid gold, these ladies actually use real metal for their nail art creation. Their idea is creating full sets of metal nails that vary in size to suit your nails and have to be attached on to your natural nail with strong nail glue (but removed easily by soaking your nails in nail varnish remover (check out how many times I used a word nail in this sentence!)). Usage of this innovative material allows to create 3D structures and even apply semi precious stones. Designers recommend choosing single nails for daily wear and full sets for special occasion. My recommendation, stick to special occasions and with Halloween fast approaching, go all out! As expected, prices are much higher than your normal manicure, but these nails could be used again and again. Single nails start from £40 and be expected to pay up to £500 for a full set. Above are my favourites – from animalistic claws to embellished nails inspired by nature. The collection is available at Kabiri and soon on H and H website.

  1. Gold Multihorn Nails
  2. Black Rhodium Pointer Nails
  3. Oxidised Silver Spiderweb Nails
  4. Gold Nature Nails

Yet Another Bracelet On My Fashion Wish List: Bibi Bijoux

October 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

When I was a little girl, friendship bracelets were the coolest thing and I learned how to weave them myself and hence ended up making tens of them for all my friends to wear. Now that the friendship bracelets are back it would have been interesting to try to make one again but due to lack of spare time actually finishing one seems unlikely. The good thing is that in our capitalist society we are no longer required to produce things we want and there is always something similar available to purchase. What is even better in this particular case, is that what is available to purchase is a much better version of what I could have made myself! Say hello to Joyful friendship bracelets by a Dutch brand Bibi Bijoux. Colourful and eye-catching those bracelets combine original friendship style weaving with crystals and metal chain to create statement piece that unlike originals comes with useful clasp. Each one is hand made and may have slight variations of design, so you are likely to get a completely unique piece!

Available to purchase at Swarovski Elements for £176.

Hot Item: Double Skull Bracelets

October 2, 2012 § 1 Comment

The fact that skulls are fashionable symbols is not news. Their recent popularity probably goes back to Alexander McQueen and his widely popular skull printed silk scarfs. And once again for A/W 12 the fashion house kept their notorious symbol of death at the heart of the accessories collection and created what has become a sensational bracelet that has been gracing everyone’s arms for the last few months. Meet double skull bracelet that has already moved from My Fashion Wish List straight to my wrist – the hottest accessory of the moment. And since not everyone can afford McQueen prices, or even find where to purchase original one that hasn’t yet sold out, I found a few others that have been inspired by the double skulls for you to see below. So pick yours, put it on and join the cool kids.

  1. Alexander McQueen, £165
  2. The Jewels Boutique, £10
  3. Hello Parry, $12.99 (approx. £8.25)
  4. MadeByGirl, $21 (appox. £13.35)

Nautically Inspired

September 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

Sophie Chandler, the mastermind behind Fabel jewellery is bubbly and very fashionable lady with abundance of design experience. After impressive career as lighting designer she switched to jewellery and has since produced a range of nautically inspired pieces that is currently a hot item on My Fashion Wish List. Most of the collection focuses on combination of gold plated charms and clasps with silk ropes that come in variety of colours: ivory, champagne, emerald, chocolate, wine and black to name but a few. I love how, thanks to unchanging central theme, most of the pieces could be mixed and matched together. Even with clashing colours the combination will give your outfit a finished well accessorised look. Another great thing – the collection does not have a target audience and could be worn just as easily by young fashionistas as by more experienced style queens. And while I have a few birthdays coming up, I can hardly think of a better present – just have to decide on the colour!

See the selection of my favourite pieces below, all available to purchase at www.fabeldesign.com.

  1. Double Lariat Necklace, £58
  2. Nautilus Bracelet in Green, £48
  3. Nautilus Bracelet in Red, £48
  4. Locket Necklace, £155
  5. Locket Bracelet, £145
  6. Deco Cuff, £198

Classic Reinvention

September 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

Sometimes doing online research for My Fashion Wish List turns out completely counterproductive to the original aim of this blog of keeping my shopoholism under control. This is just one of these situations.

Meet my two favourite pieces from a capsule collection designed by Lulu Frost for J Crew. These tortoise beauties are made out of resin and marcasite with earrings priced at £65 and bracelet at £70. At first glance the colour combination seems so modern, yet take a closer look to discover antique feel of the style, which is exactly what makes these pieces special – timeless classic is completely reinvented. This trick is not new to the brand of Lulu Frost. Established in New York in 2004 by designer Lisa Salzer it always focused on giving modern spin to classic jewellery and thanks to J Crew you can get your hands on Lisa’s designs for less.

To see the entire collection go to www.jcrew.com. Here is a useful tip: despite being operated from US, shipping to UK is at flat £10 rate, but if you become an ‘insider’ on the website, the shipping will be free!

The Big New Jewellery Trend: Above Knuckle Rings

August 9, 2012 § 14 Comments

Jewellery. It has been around for 100,000 years (that is approximate age of the oldest jewellery ever found – beads made out of snail shells, thank goodness we moved on from those designs) and so you would think the humanity had enough time to experiment with different kinds of jewellery and different ways to wear it to the point that nothing surprised us anymore. Apparently not. There is a new craze sweeping the Western world and it includes the most traditional of rings worn around the less traditional area – above knuckle. So far little is known about the origin of the trend, but the scale of it is staggering – all the cool girls in town are already wearing it and if you are not, don’t worry I am right here to guide you through the process of acquiring some and joining in with the cool kids.
Option 1 – Look through your jewellery box and try to find any rings you wore as a child which you then outgrew, chances are they are a perfect fit for above knuckle spot. If there are no rings of such kind in your jewellery box do not despair, there are other options available.
Option 2 – If you, just like me, have fat sausage fingers go to the nearest store and purchase any ring of your liking (stay away from massive statement rings, though) in Small or Extra Small size, depending on the size of your sausages aka fat fingers.
Option 3 – If you have beautiful thin fingers, below are my favourite affordable rings specifically made for above knuckle wear. Choose your favourite, decide which number is the closest to it, look up the number on the list below and go to the related website to purchase it.
Done! Now go share the new trend with your friends and hope it will last, otherwise those rings will soon end up in the fad corner of the wardrobe next to leg warmers and harem pants.

1-2. Friendship Midi Ring Multi Pack, £7.69, from http://www.freepeople.com
3. Feather, Skull and Cross Rings, £8 each, from http://www.regalrose.co.uk
4. Bohemian Ring, £9, from http://www.regalrose.co.uk
5. Twisted Ring in Gold and Silver, £4 each, from http://www.loveheartsandcrosses.co.uk
6. Navajo Ring, £12, from http://www.wiredjewellery.co.uk
7.Wishbone Ring, £10, from http://www.wiredjewellery.co.uk
8-9. Peace and Heart Rings, £12 each, from http://www.wiredjewellery.co.uk

Creating Perfect Match

August 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

If you read my blog regularly, you might remember that in the beginning of June after attending London Jewellery Week event I made a series of post dedicated to the most memorable brands I came across there. Well, I have been keeping an eye on them ever since and today I am bringing you news about utterly cool Allumer jewellery.

Paul Smith and Allumer created a perfect match – literally! I fell in love with ‘Light up my life’ slogan-bearing necklaces when I first saw them (and mentioned them in a post here), and now there are four exclusive versions available at Paul Smith stores in London and Heathrow. You have a choice of silver with garnet or amethyst tip or 9kt gold vermeil with green tourmaline or moonstone, starting at £120. What I love the most – you can get a his and hers matches (his and hers jewellery is trending at the moment thanks to Kim and Kanye’s fashion-forward romance, so why not follow their lead?).

And apart from matches, from the same locations you can also purchase a Flicker of Light bracelet (£69) that comes with a silver plate engraved with XOXO – unisex and with ambiguous message this is a perfect present, yet I somehow feel many of you would want it all to yourself!

I am heading to Marylebone Paul Smith store today to check them out, will you?

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